Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for English

Back in Japan

After two weeks being back in Czech and mostly offline, I got back to Japan this weekend. The travel went quite okay, the only thing I really don't understand is why Japanese customs always want to check my luggage. There must be something special on it or I probably look like drugs smuggler, but he did not answer my question why they always select me for checking things :-).

Anyway I already processed most of email backlog, only about 100 mails remain, I hope to read and reply them during this week.

Time for Christmas

Today is last day when I'll be more or less online, so if you wanted something to me this year, it's probably already too late :-). I will somehow follow emails, but do not expect much.

Tomorrow I'll spend by traveling back to Czechia (NGO - FRA - PRG), then I will just enjoy time being home and not being pushed to deliver tons of papers to somebody.

This is also most likely last blog post this year, so I can not skip the merry Christmas and happy new year phrases ;-).

Gammu stable version 1.17.0

I wanted to make 1.16.0 last release this year, but unfortunately one bug preventing reading of all SMS messages from some AT phones sneaked in, so I decided to make another quick release. Changelog is really short:

  • Fixed reading of messages from AT phones using CMGL.

Other change is that I started to produce additional binary build for Windows - it does not use any external libraries (so no MySQL, PostgreSQL or Gettext support) and links statically. So you can just copy single binary and it should work anywhere.

You can download from usual place: http://cihar.com/gammu/

Looking for Windows testers of Wammu

After half day of playing with Wine, MinGW and friends, I managed to be able to automatically build Windows versions of both python-gammu and Wammu. However I do not have environment to actually test these versions (except for Wine), so I would really welcome if some Windows users could do some testing. I expect some strange crashes at beginning, but hopefully we will be able fix it to produce working Wammu version for Windows in future.

You can get the installer here: http://tmp.cihar.com/wammu-0.26-setup.exe

It's NOT final or stable version, but as the only changes which happened since last release were either minor or related to cross compilation, it should be equal to combination of Gammu 1.16.0, python-gammu 0.24 and Wammu 0.25, so don't be confused by versions.

PS: Okay, when application works in Wine, it does not mean it will work in Windows, see bug report for details.

Wammu 0.25

I just released version 0.25 of Wammu. This release brings new icon set thatnks to David Corrales and fixes various crashes. Full list of changes:

  • Fall back to Add methods if Set is not supported.
  • Fixed phone number validation.
  • Fixed crash when org.freedesktop.Notifications service is not provided.
  • Correctly report why guided wizard can not connect to phone.
  • New navigation icons, thanks to David Corrales.

There is still no binary for Windows. I don't have time and environment for maintaining them. Volunteers are welcome!

We need quantity and not quality

Working on the project here at Japan is sometimes really fun. Tomorrow we have important delivery and this afternoon out Japanese colleagues decided that 2000 pages describing our software solution is not enough. They need at least 500 extra pages. Fortunately it could be any existing documentation, so we randomly choose POSIX standard Part 1 (535 pages) and the Eclipse basic tutorial (592 pages). Japanese guys were really happy that they have 1100 more pages and we're happy that we don't have to produce more documents. Now I only wonder why the hell customer is interested in quantity of paper and not in quality of work.

Nice to see PyICQ-t back alive

I just noticed, that Python Jabber transports have been migrated this weekend to Google Code and first people started to contribute. I especially like the fact, that first contributors are Czech guys and they're fixing encoding problems :-).

Let's hope that this activity will also help to improve Debian package which is not really in good state, but I promised not to hijack it till the end of year ;-) (so for now I temporarily hack it in my repository).

PS: I know ICQ is evil, but I don't have enough power to force all my contacts to start using Jabber.

python-gammu 0.24

Continuing in Christmas release series, the next in a row is python-gammu. It only brings usual bunch of upgrades to be in sync with Gammu and improved MinGW support:

  • Compatibility with current gammu.
  • Improved MinGW crosscompilation instructions.

Download from usual place: http://cihar.com/gammu/python/

Gammu stable version 1.16.0

Last Gammu release in this year is out. There are no major changes compared to 1.15.91, but it brings lot of bug fixes to stable series.

Full list of changes since 1.15.0:

  • Added identification of some Sony-Ericsson and Sharp phones.
  • Increased maximal number of entries per contact.
  • Fixed various compile time warnings.
  • Improved MinGW crosscompilation.
  • Localizations update.
  • Fixed detection of first free memory location if memory is empty (bug #434).
  • Fixed mysql.h include path (bug #441).
  • Fixed decoding of one char SMS (bug #442).
  • Detect Nokia 3109c (thanks to David Meier).
  • Automatically find MinGW compiler and allow overrides (bug #438).
  • Fixed parsing of some memory entries (bug #450).
  • Fixed decoding of some corner case SMS (bug #447).
  • Phones capable of switching to OBEX mode from AT have it now automatically enabled. Please report problems with this.

You can download from usual place: http://cihar.com/gammu/

My key is finally in keyring

I somehow expected that this will never happen, but todays update contained debian-keyring version 2007.12.04, which includes changes from last two years or so. So finally who-uploads and other tools work reasonably good for mine stuff.

Anyway I think with more than 6000 lines in last changelog entry, it is good candidate to be the longest changelog entry ever been in Debian :-).